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Thursday, January 27, 2011

It's Never Too Late to Speak the Truth!!!

Today, January 27, 2011 is Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) around the world. The United Nations declared this an International event in November 2005. The date was selected because it was on this date in 1945 that the death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated.
As I remember my own grandfather Maurice Weinzveig who perished there and as I reflect on my recent trip to Krakow, Poland, I am reminded that mankind has an obligation to perpetuate the memory of the Shoah (Holocaust). Be it for six million or just for one, all the innocent victims must be remembered as the world vows to "NEVER AGAIN" let a catastrophe of that kind happen again.
Unfortunately, Holocaust denial, revisionism and antisemitism militate vehemently in the opposite direction. The Jewish People are again quickly becoming the scapegoats of humanity.
This why I rejoice when I find out about the project spearheaded by the UNESCO in France. This educational and cultural project is organized to invite people from around the world to educate themselves about the Shoah and to put to rest the erroneous notion that the Holocaust never happened. Many muslims are invited to participate in an effort to curb their false understanding of the darkest event in mankind.
I rejoice at how France is being pro-active about this and my prayer is for many countries to join, especially in Europe. (full article from Haaretz here)
Some might say that it is too little too late, but I say that even a little to fight the Holocaust deniers is better than the chronic apathy that has characterized the world's community for the last several decades.
In memory of the death of my maternal grandfather Maurice Weinzveig in Auschwitz.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Creative Revisionism Paints Mordechai as Iranian Holocaust Perpetrator!

I never cease to be amazed at the creativity of hatred displayed by anti-semites around the world.
It would be laughable if only their fabricated stories were brushed off by all of us. Unfortunately, out of a desire to ostracize the Jewish People at worst or out of blatant ignorance at best, most people don't have a clue about the veracity of the stories told.
So here comes the new kid on the block:
According to the Iranian government (obviously not a source of unbiased news about Jewish People), Mordecai (Esther's uncle in the Bible) is responsible for the massacre of over 70,000 Iraniens starting with Haman and his 10 sons. Even though God is not mentioned in the Book of Esther, He is definitely working behind the scenes and He did sanction the hanging of Haman on the gallows that he (Haman) built for Mordecai ( read the Bible passage for yourself here)
In December 2010, students in Iran threatened to destroy a couple of Jewish monuments in retaliation for the alleged "infringements" on the al-Aqusa mosque in Jerusalem. (read article here).
This is not the first time nor will it be the last one that revisionists go to great lengths and twist history, or just simply re-write it. The most notorious hoax of history against the Jews is still known today as "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion". It is still being published as truth by some neo-nazi fringe groups and in most of the middle east countries.
The best way to fight the venom of hatred and the lies of anti-semitism is education, so please, take a moment and visit the Jewish Virtual Library starting with the page on the "Protocols".
Pass it forward to many people as a great source of information on Jewish History